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Mindful Beauty Is In Your Hands: Natural Skin Care Tips and Recipes Paperback – September 14, 2009

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  • Paperback: 68 pages
  • Publisher: Westry Wingate Group, Inc. (September 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935323008
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935323006
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,989,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Chelvanaya B. Gabriel is lab manager and greenhouse supervisor at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. Born in the Pacific Northwest, Chelvanaya B. Gabriel has always had a passionate interest in the natural sciences, especially as they relate to personal health and well-being. Homeschooled through high school, and often surrounded by academia, she developed a deep interest in the pursuit and sharing of knowledge. Chelvanaya has travelled extensively throughout Asia with her family. At the age of 17, while living in Hanoi, Vietnam with her family, she taught English to college administrators for the Ford Foundation; and again during college taught English at Hohai University in Nanjing, China. Her interactions with students and colleagues abroad sparked her interest in non-Western philosophies and medical traditions. After graduating from Mount Holyoke College with a bachelor's degree in chemistry (and a minor in Asian studies), she worked as a research chemist at Pfizer Pharmaceuticals for a number of years. Later she attended the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, where she participated in student-run migrant farmworker's clinics, helped to establish a Complementary & Alternative Medicine group, as well as smoking cessation and AIDS awareness programs. She also worked as a night manager for the Covenant Shelter in New London, CT and participated in community theatre. At Hampshire College, she helped to revive the annual Alternative Health Fair and co-designed the popular Frog Fest in 2004, a silent auction in response to the Indian Ocean Tsunami victims. She is a member of the campus Safety Steering Committee, and chair of the Staff Advocacy Committee. She continues to find ways to actively share knowledge, and build positive communities. Her latest workshop "Lotions and Potions" has been a highly successful component of the Hampshire College Day in the Lab event. Mindful Beauty Is In Your Hands is her first published book. It was inspired by the "Lotions and Potions" workshop and a desire to share her enjoyment of the pursuit of knowledge and healthy living. She is an avid gardener and enjoys learning about the medicinal properties of herbs and native plants.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carrie on August 15, 2010
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This book changed my life! I have always been thoughtful about cleaning products in my household, careful to select the least toxic cleaner that will do the job. But I never thought before to use sustainable products for the cleaning and care that I use more often and I'm even more likely to absorb-- the products I use on my body.

I learned that better self-care can be cheaper and more effective as well as better for you and the environment... I started using castile soap (Dr. Bronner's Peppermint) on my hair with a apple cider vinegar rinse and left behind all those shampoos with Sodium Laureth Sulfate-- and guess what: my hair was softer, wavier, and more manageable and FINALLY... no more dandruff! I never knew that "regular" and even "natural" shampoos were CAUSING the problem, and I certainly never expected the solution to be better and cheaper than all the off-the-shelf products I had tried over the years.

The book is both empowering and informative at the same time, leaving out any toxic-scare-tactics employed by other works on the same topic. Instead the book employs a positive tone that looks at self care from a viewpoint like IPM in agriculture: no beauty and skin care tool is off-limits, but there's enough information to allow you to choose the least harmful yet still-effective product. There are also several simple recipes that you can make yourself at home instead. The book also shares resources so readers can learn more about each of the beauty products they use-- with a greater understanding of how the chemistry of skin care and how the human body works.
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